WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro Hospital has started work on a $6 million expansion project that will ensure patients receive the highest quality of care in an updated facility.
Planning for the project began in 2015, but a groundbreaking ceremony took place the first week of August. Renovations are expected to be complete in the next 14 to 18 months.
Renovations will add a number of aesthetic features designed to enhance the quality of service provided by the hospital as well as the quality of care the hospital can provide.
“The overarching goal of this renovation project is to offer an even better experience for patients while they are in our care,” said Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Melissa Dubrow in a statement.
Hospital officials said the four-phase project will update the critical care and medical surgical units as well as operating rooms.
The renovation will improve the basic design of the hospital by improving storage facilities, lighting fixtures, hospital design and security systems.
Updates to the critical care unit include the closure of existing windows between some rooms, which will reduce noise and provide more privacy for patients. Ceiling lifts will also be installed in designated rooms. This will improve patient safety when the patient is being transported from bed to wheelchair.
The nurses’ station in the critical care unit will also be updated to provide a larger field of vision into patient rooms. This will help nurses ensure that all patients are safe and their needs are met.
In addition, 16 patient rooms in the medical surgical unit will receive upgrades to lighting and plumbing fixtures. One major update is the installation of hand sinks located just inside each room. This helps maximize infection control procedures already in place at the hospital.
Additionally, two nurses’ stations located in the medical surgical unit will be consolidated into one centrally located station.
Summit Health President and Chief Executive Officer Pat O’Donnell said in a statement that the project reaffirms the organization’s commitment to providing high-quality, accessible health care to community members in the Waynesboro area. Waynesboro Hospital is an affiliate of Summit Health.
“We care about the health and well-being of those living in and around Waynesboro,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “Waynesboro Hospital isn’t just a community hospital; it’s an award-winning hospital staffed by skilled clinical team members and providers who are neighbors to the patients served. We are invested in continuing to offer great care to the Waynesboro community.”
The expansion, designed by GS Architects based in Havertown, Pa., will add 230,262 square feet to the hospital. The medical surgical unit will be expanded to 17,744 square feet and the intensive care unit (ICU) will be expanded to 5,618 square feet.